Samuel Murray wrote:
Job posters are forced to enter this information even if they don't want to, which often leads to them entering bogus information in those fields. Those two dates are actually there for ProZ.com's jobs system to know when it should automatically stop accepting quotes or when it should close the job notice. You should take those fields as mere indications.
In fact, you can ignore the quoting deadline altogether, because the client will likely assign the job long before the quoting deadline has passed. The delivery deadline mentioned in the jobs system is usually accurate (and is a good indicator of the actual deadline), but make sure you confirm this with the client when you accept the job.
Very precise and clear, well done. I was in too much of a rush this morning to give such a thorough answer, but I wanted to provide norskpro with something useful (hopefully) to start with.
Have a nice day!